Fernandez-Alvarez, J-P and Rubio-Melendi, D and Martinez-Velasco, A and Pringle, JK and Aguilera, D (2016) Discovery of a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War using GPR and forensic archaeology. Forensic Science International. ISSN 1872-6283

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Abstract

An estimated 500,000 people died from all causes during the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939, with a further 135,000 killed after the war ended. There are currently over 2,000 known mass burial locations throughout Spain but many more are unknown. This study details the successful search for an unmarked mass grave in mountainous terrain in the Asturias region of Northern Spain. Two approximate locations were known due to eyewitness accounts. A phased site investigation approach was undertaken, which included ground penetrating radar. Results showed a clear geophysical anomaly on 2D GPR profiles. The identified area was subsequently intrusively investigated by forensic archaeologists and human remains were successfully discovered. Careful and sensitive investigations are essential in these approaches where living relatives are involved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spanish Civil War, forensic science, forensic geophysics, GPR, forensic archaeology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 08:25
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2016 14:04
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1791

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